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Encrypt Time Machine Backups with OS X

Sep 26, 2012 - 4 Comments

Time Machine backups can be encrypted right from your Mac. This means the data is extremely safe from prying eyes and the very unlikely event of a cracking attempt, and it also means you’ll need a password to access the encrypted backups yourself. Enabling this feature can be done in two ways: Enable Encryption on … Read More

How to Encrypt an External Drive Quickly in Mac OS X

Sep 17, 2012 - 8 Comments

It’s now easier than ever to quickly encrypt external disks and hard drives from Mac OS X, whether they are USB drives, Firewire, or even SD cards. While you can still use the traditional route to encrypt disks through Disk Utility, from OS X Mountain Lion onward the process is streamlined directly into the Finder … Read More

How to Disable Java in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and System-Wide

Sep 8, 2012 - 19 Comments

If you are tired of keeping up with all the Java security updates and potential vulnerabilities, you can avoid a potential problem completely just by disabling Java. For the average user, we’ve recommended keeping Java disabled as one of the primary means of protecting a Mac against potential malware, viruses, and trojans. In fact, the … Read More

New Java Update for Mac OS X Resolves Potential Security Threat

Sep 5, 2012 - 4 Comments

Apple has released an update to Java aimed at addressing the recently discovered security issue that could impact some Mac users. The update, dubbed “Java for OS X 2012-005″, is available for users of Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. All Mac users eligible for the update are recommended to install it. You can … Read More

Control Which Apps Can Access Contacts Information in OS X

Sep 3, 2012 - 2 Comments

If you’re running the newest versions of OS X you’ve probably noticed that when apps attempt to access your Contacts list you will get an alert like “Application would like to access your contacts”, giving you the ability to allow or deny access. The apps that make the Contacts requests then get stored in a … Read More

Java SE 7u7 Update Resolves Recent Security Issue

Aug 30, 2012 - 6 Comments

Oracle has released a security patch for the recently discussed Java 7 vulnerability that had potential to run malicious code on a targeted computer. If you had previously installed Java SE 7 in OS X Mountain Lion or Lion you can download the new SE 7u7 update directly from Oracle: Get the Java SE 7u7 … Read More

Java 7 Security Vulnerability Discovered, Here’s How To Protect Yourself

Aug 29, 2012 - 8 Comments

A new potentially dangerous Java security vulnerability has been discovered that could allow malicious code to run on a Java-enabled computer, be it a Mac or Windows PC. Most Mac users will be safe from the vulnerability because OS X Mountain Lion does not include Java by default, and OS X Lion includes an older … Read More

How to Enable “Do Not Track” in Safari for the Mac

Aug 21, 2012 - 5 Comments

Do Not Track is a new privacy feature in Safari 6 that causes Safari to tell certain websites to not track you online as you browse the web. This prevents social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Google, from tracking you across the web, and it also causes ad servers and analytic services to not follow … Read More

Encrypt Folders with Password Protection in OS X the Easy Way

Aug 12, 2012 - 39 Comments

Encrypting folders and requiring passwords for access is an excellent way to store and protect private data on a Mac. Now, there is a new means of password protecting folders and sensitive files introduced in OS X with Mountain Lion that lets you create a new encrypted disk image directly from a specified folder. Though … Read More

Test Password Strength & Generate Strong Passwords in Mac OS X

Aug 8, 2012 - 5 Comments

Mac OS X includes a great built-in utility that helps you test existing password strength, and also generate new strong passwords. If you’re wondering if your password is secure this is a great safe way to test the quality of it, and it’s also a safe way to create new strong passwords that you know … Read More

Wi-Fi Scanner Tool is Native in Mac OS X, Here’s How to Use it

Jul 31, 2012 - 19 Comments

The native and already powerful Wi-Fi Diagnostics Tool in Mac OS X got a redesign in Mountain Lion and Mavericks and with it came some new features that make it better than ever. One of the best new additions is the built-in Wi-Fi scanner tool, which is a full-featured wifi stumbler to find and discover … Read More

How to Check SHA1 Hash of a String

Jun 6, 2012 - 3 Comments

If you use LinkedIn you’ve probably heard by now that a major security breach occurred with over 6.5 million user passwords stolen and leaked to the web. The first thing you should do is change your password on that site, but if you want to see if your password was among those leaked you’d need … Read More

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